Search Results: "Luke LaMarca"


BOOK REVIEW

SQUID KID THE MAGNIFICENT by Lynne Berry
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"Delightful brother-and-sister snark in squid form—yes, really. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In supersaturated oceanic color, squidling Oliver, purple and with top hat and wand, becomes Squid Kid the Magnificent after saying the magic words: "smelly yellow jellyfish." Read full book review >

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THE CURIOUS DEMISE OF A CONTRARY CAT by Lynne Berry
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"No pussyfooting around, this is an out-and-out outlandish, original opus of pure fun and witchery that will have kids spellbound. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Few creatures can flaunt disdain like a contrary cat, and this rhyming tale of a test of wills between Witch and her pet proves it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DAY RAY GOT AWAY by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"Some may wish for a back story—or to know what happens to Ray as he continues sedately skyward—but small listeners who occasionally tire of holding hands every time they go out may find Ray's boldness thrilling and poetically liberating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A huge yellow parade balloon manages to slip his tether and elude his handlers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NINJA ON THE FARM by Luke Flowers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Amusing and accessible. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Moby Shinobi, a young ninja, is eager to use his many skills to help Farmer Bob with his myriad chores. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HILDA AND THE BLACK HOUND by Luke Pearson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Though definitely an underachiever when it comes to merit badges, Hilda's broad curiosity and willingness to stand up for the undergnome will make her a winner in most readers' eyes. (Graphic fantasy. 7-9)"
In a never-a-dull moment third outing, blue-haired Hilda joins Sparrow Scouts, finds out where lost household items go and meets some of Trolberg's supernatural residents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE NORTH by Luke Healy
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Two parts historical, one part invention, a quiet contemplation and celebration of the tenacity of the human spirit. (afterword, author's note) (Graphic novel. 14 & up)"
Two early-20th-century expeditions intertwine with a 21st-century story in Healy's debut graphic novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"For those approaching or in the scrum of middle school, a positive reminder that the perfect middle school experience does not exist. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
With age-appropriate humor and insight, veteran teacher Reynolds offers advice aimed at assisting young people as they trek through the minefield that is middle school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ISABELLE THE NAVIGATOR by Luke Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2002

"Soggy and silly."
Young woman adrift on a sea of sophomoric philosophy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VENUS AS A BOY by Luke Sutherland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2004

"Sutherland captures the violence and desperation of the marginalized: that's where his strength, and promise, lies."
For a hot-blooded, romantic outsider, growing up wild in the remote Orkney Islands north of Scotland leads to living wild in London—as a sex worker. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NYPD GREEN by Luke Waters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Amusing recollections of 'The Job' with some insider details, but it's unlikely to stand out among a recent flood of law enforcement memoirs."
The memoir of an Irish-American's service with the New York Police Department, told with equal parts Gaelic charm and cop cynicism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CLEVELAND INDIAN by Luke Salisbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Salisbury (the nonfictional The Answer is Baseball, 1989) offers brisk fun for the Bart Giamattis of this world."
A Penobscot Indian with a terrific arm and flexible morality takes Cleveland's baseball team briefly to the top of the league in the 1890's. Read full book review >